Seeking Lighting Designer for Fall Production

TADA! Youth Theater / New York, NY



Drama Desk Award-winning TADA! Youth Theater actively seeks Lighting Designers for its Fall Production.

Founded in 1984, TADA! Youth Theater inspires young people from different backgrounds to be creative, learn, and think differently through high-quality musical theater productions, and educational programs. TADA!’s vision is that all young people grow up feeling successful, creative, confident, accepted, and accepting of themselves. Through the ability of people learning to express themselves well, we can break down barriers of racism and inequality and create positive, active citizens.

The Resident Youth Ensemble of TADA! (RYET), is a diverse, free, year-round pre-professional training, performance, and positive youth development program for youth ages 8-18 from all over New York City’s 5 boroughs and parts of New Jersey. We are looking for candidates who believe in TADA!’s mission and vision and the importance of youth theater. Productions are typically 45-55 minute musicals with casts of 15-30 RYET Members.

Compensation and support: $2250 design fee, $2700 budget for materials/rentals. There is a Production Supervisor who will hire a Tech Director and supervise the electricians. There is not a budget for a programmer, we ask the designer to program the board. We have one ETC Ion Lightboard and an inventory of 80+ lighting units of ETC source 4 Lekos and PARs with an array of interchange barrels and lenses in-house.


  • Production meetings to begin in Summer (Likely end of July/Early August)
  • Rehearsals begin September 11, 2024-October 11, 2024
  • Production build/LX hang sometime between September 23rd – October 11th
  • Tech Rehearsal October 12, 2024- October 19,, 2024
  • Show Opens October 19th, 2024

TADA! Youth Theater is committed to building and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce that is representative of the youth in our Ensemble program. TADA! is continually working to become a more anti-racist organization. Priority will be given to candidates who are dedicated to anti-racism and share our mission and vision above. Candidates from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ individuals are encouraged to apply. COVID-19 vaccination required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or veteran status.

Applicants should email their cover letter and resume with references (at least one director) and examples of work to Javier Cardenas, Associate Director of Artist Development at Interviews will occur in early July.